Occlusal Adjustment (bite correction)

A bite is considered to be healthy when all or most of the teeth are present and not destroyed by normal daily usage.

Occlusal adjustment involves the reshaping or smoothing of your teeth biting surfaces so that your bite becomes gradually more even and the pressures on your teeth when you bite down, are balanced.

For this procedure a handpiece or rotary drill is utilized that allows a minimal amount of tooth material to be removed.

You are asked to bring your teeth together during normal chewing strokes. A strip of inked, thin paper is held between your teeth. When the paper is removed, pressure points are seen where the teeth came together. The darker pressure points represent areas that need reshaping.

Occlusal adjustments are not painful. This treatment may involve one or more appointments depending on the severity of the problem. Most patients find that following the occlusal adjustment their bite is more comfortable and their teeth have a sense of “belonging together.”

Bite therapy helps restore a bite that can function without damage and destruction.

The therapy may include:

  • Reshaping the biting surfaces of the teeth and eliminating spots of excessive pressures where the teeth are brought into contact. This is done by carefully dividing bite pressures evenly across all of the teeth.
  • Bite splint therapy using a custom-fitted and adjusted plastic bite guard to keep the teeth apart, worn during the day, at night, or both.
  • Braces to reposition mal-aligned or drifted teeth.
  • Replacement of old, worn out, or damaged fillings.
  • Reconstruction of badly worn and damaged teeth.